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Associate Dean and Professor of Social Work, University of Tennessee

Dr. Sherry Cummings is professor and Associate Dean for the University of Tennessee College of Social Work (UTCSW). She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, past president of the Association of Gerontological Education in Social Work (AGESW), and is a John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Scholar. Dr. Cummings’ area of research focuses on aging and mental health, in particular, older adults with depression, severe mental illness and alcohol misuse disorders. Her work has explored mental health issues and psychological well-being among older adults in multiple settings including assisted living facilities, public housing for older adults and the general community. She has over 50 articles and four books published and presents widely at national and international conferences.


  • –present
    Associate Dean and Professor, University of Tennessee


  • 1998 
    University of Georgia, Social Work